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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Barrel-aged version of Port Brewing Santas Little Helper.
2009 will be the inaugural release of this winter time classic. After brewing the 2008 batch of Santa’s we thought “wonder what this would taste like aged in a bourbon barrel?”


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joes (90) - Oirschot, - OCT 12, 2012
Very dark brown beer, small dark beige head. Roasted malts, vanilla, raisins, ripe fruits and sweet alcohol aroma. A bit flat, low carbonation. Bourbon/vanilla/wood and sweet alcohol. A hint of sweet cherries, licorice. Good one, although I expected a bit more body.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (547) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Oh man, what a great beer. Huge stout, lots of carmel and roasted malts. Nice bitterness. Great bourbon and vanilla undertones. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2014
’13 bottle in Oct. 14. Boozy hot nose, with some rich standard stout elements. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, hot finish. Prefer the regular version and Viscosity over both.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (584) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Corked bottle, poured and split. 500th rating so a fun beer seemed necessary, and it did not disappoint. Pours black with a tan head that lasts. Sour cherry and a little vanilla on the aroma, with some chocolate too. Hints to be sour at first in the flavor, then switches to a bold flavor full of vanilla and cocoa goodness. Just a touch of bourbon feel to it in the finish. Super smooth, and not too heavy. Not too surprised, these guys don’t tend to disappoint with anything. Memorable beer for sure. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
Shared bottle with a guest @ "Schouskjelleren", Oslo. October 09, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Black thick oily look with a creamy brown head and medium carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt,coffee,dark sugar,dark chocolate and some spices. A sweet,malty and warming alcohol feeling in my mouth. A nice bittersweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2982) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Black thick pour from a 12oz bottle. Vanilla and whiskey taste. Sweet ashy aftertaste. Licorice. Tobacco. Lots going on. Good beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
over all a nice beer but something I dont need to chase again as it had a bit of a funky aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is toffee, vanilla, chocolate, taste is more of the same, sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (730) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2014
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours deep inky black with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma is rich darkly roasted malt, raisins, port, charred barrels, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is super dark malts that somehow dance on the edge of being over roasted but stop just short of that. All the big imperial stout flavors you’d expect (and get from standard Santa’s Little Helper...): dark chocolate, espresso, oak, soy sauce... plus amazing barrel flavors - bourbon, port, aged chocolate. Hugely thick mouthfeel, almost milkshake-like. The barrel-aging really takes this beer where it deserves to go. Maybe not quite as good as the best imperial stouts in the world... but this is close. Incredible beer, well worth the premium $ over the regular version.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3240) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Une bouteille partagée avec SlovakSniper. Une robe profonde avec un anneau de mousse beige. Un nez intense de vanille, de chocolat, un nez boisé. Une bouche soyeuse où les saveurs boisées ne sont pas agressives. La texture est soyeuse. Une finale un peu trop sur l’alcool.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3269) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Liquide plutôt brun et presque noir. Tête fondante qui se transforme rapidement en anneau. Nez généreux en chêne, en fruits foncés, en cuir et en chocolat, en vanille, en bois et en bourbon caramélisé. Goût réconfortant avec du bourbon, des notes boisées, des malts gras, du café, du caramel, du chocolat et des raisins bleus. Bouche moins crémeuse que la version originale. Bon corps et bulles molles. Finale chaude et persistante, autrement amère que sa grande sœur mais plutôt riche, douce, boisée et légèrement astringente. Agréable nez fruité et saveurs moins excitantes.


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